We will work with a holistic set of skills, from breathing techniques, applied mindfulness/meditation practice, to learning to track your thoughts objectively. We'll also examine exercise and diet, and explore the possibly appropriateness of medication/supplements.
The result of practicing these skills is the decrease in the amount of time spent in painful moods, developing instead a deeper feeling of safety, connection and "ok-ness" in your life. And then when you do find yourself feeling anxious or depressed, you will be able to manage these feelings so that they stay contained, rather than dominate the rest of your life.
My approach to therapy takes into account these two fields—skill building and insight—abilities that can move you towards not just less depression/anxiety (as great as that is!), but also into learning to more deeply accept whatever experience comes to you without adding the pain of struggling to make the experience go away.
If spiritual teachers are in agreement about anything, it's that when people fight reality, reality always win.
Why I Can Help
My own experience with depression and anxiety, from relatively early in childhood, led me on an unavoidable journey to find out--often more through trial and error than through rigorous method--what exactly works when the goal is to be free of these wild moods. Through a lot of false starts and cul-de-sacs (you can see a map of this path in this article), I've come to see that there is actually a healing to depression and anxiety, that is about more than only coping (as vital as that is), and which does actually lead to resolution.
So, with my own history with the wild moods as base, and with a long-time practice of vipassana (mindfulness) meditation, I've helped individuals for more than a decade find both their way out of the stuckness of depression and anxiety, as well as to uncover the wisdom that is hiding out in the shadows of these wild moods.